26.07.14 / Smithfield Square
You have been voting in your hundreds and thousands and here's the result: Dublin's Favourite Film is none other than the hilarious 1991 drama-comedy, The Commitments!
The first part of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy, it features Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), who aspires to be the manager of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band, with only one kind of music in mind: Soul. Disgusted with the current state of bands in Ireland, this determined young man decides to assemble an old-school Dublin soul band in the tradition of the greats like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.
Jimmy holds auditions out of his parents’ house (in which he still lives) and soon assembles his group of young musicians, whom he can’t wait to mold. With the help of Joey “The Lips” Fagan (John Murphy), the only veteran musician in the band, Jimmy begins to whip the rest of the members into stage-ready shape.
The Commitments spoke endless depths of sincerity, both in spoken and sung dialogue. When it first came out, Alan Parker’s film became a bonafide cultural phenomenon with the soundtrack album climbing up the charts. People were hungry for authentic-sounding music, tired of the hedonistic hairspray bands of
the 1980s. The song 'Mustang Sally' enjoyed great popularity and was released as a single, as well as the entire film soundtrack.
To its credit, the film still stands as an unabashed love letter to the belief that music can change your life and make a difference.
To celebrate this cinematic achievement and its popularity in Dublin, we will be showing a special screening of The Commitments this Saturday in Smithfield Square as the first of many DIFFpix gigs. This is a free but ticketed event, with seats reserved for ticketholders.
There will be live music before the film to get audiences in the spirit of things, and refreshments provided at a discounted rate by Smithfield's local business, all especially for DIFFpix.
As well as this, we will be hosting a competition on the night for audience members to win an iPad Mini and unique posters, specially designed for this event that represent our own unique take on the 12 short-listed iconic Irish films that featured in our Treasure Hunt.
There will also be a tropical after-party hosted by the Generator Hostel once the film has ended. With drink promotions, fantastic atmosphere and live DJs (courtesy of Dublin Tropical), the fun doesn't end once the credits have rolled!
We are sending out invitations to all the people that won the tickets through our lottery but if you are not among the lucky ones...you still have a chance to get your invites. Everyday this week from 12:00 to 16:00 our Ticket Office in 13 Lower Ormond Quay has a small allocation of tickets to give away!.
Approximate running times for DIFFpix 2014:
6pm - Doors open
6:30pm-8:30pm - Music performances
8:35pm - Introduction to The Commitments
8:40pm-10:40pm - The Commitments
10:50pm - Late - After-party in the Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square
#Mat Jazz and Double V Veronica Vierin behind the decks
#Amica duo/ Double V + Aminah Mimpi Manis
Visuals by Valentina Alvarez!
We would like to thank All our Partners:
Dublin City Council, Irish Film Board, The Arts Council, Entertainment.ie, Huggity.com, Generator Hostel
and special thank you to:
Oscar's Cafe Bar, Lighthouse Cinema, Third Space Cafe, Bel Cibo, Jo Burger and all fantastic people at Smithfield Square
This event relies on commitment and passion of many people and among them:
Tony, Conor, Graham - Cashmere Media, Simon Lazewski, Claire Smyth, Stephen Hill, Abe Tarrush, Peter, Colm and everyone at Communicraft, Karol - karolkosc.com, Filip - Green-Frog-Design.comDiscussion